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April 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

HR Strategy. Hiring Specialties or Growing Them?

HR Strategy. Hiring Specialties or Growing Them?

In CWorld.    Self serving yes, but an alternate strategy for lack of specific IT skills.  Instead of hiring college trained people, probably younger people.  Hire older skilled people and train them intensely in the specialty


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Metadata Introduction

On Metadata Introduction

Been examining the state of metadata, here is a book with good background, if not completely up to date.  Mostly document oriented.   A good example where on line resources can be useful. Metadata: For Information Management 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Police Robotics

Police Robotics

In Time: With video.  An old idea, but here apparently a commercial available system.   I always ask, how are these different from a remote movable camera?  How much autonomy is involved?  A number of relevant sensors are included


From Schneier on Security

Book Title

Book Title

I previously posted that I am writing a book on security and power. Here are some title suggestions: Permanent Record: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World Hunt and Gather: The Hidden Battles to Capture


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capturing Ambient Intelligence

Capturing Ambient Intelligence

In CWorld:   Related to other work recently posted on.   Had not heard the term 'ambient intelligence' used before, but it fits.   An interesting step by Microsoft.   Again, its about sensors, data and delivering intelligent"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Innovation from Mobile Sensors

Deep Learning Innovation from Mobile Sensors

Out of Research at Purdue:   Interative contextual learning and reasoning is a powerful concept that will radically change how we use computing.  It will bring sensors to many new environments.   And analytics to the data gathered


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Culture and Business Sphere Focus

Data Culture and Business Sphere Focus

In Ars Technica:  The idea of a 'data culture' is something that Microsoft is promoting heavily.  " ... Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in San Francisco today to talk about data and Microsoft's data platform. Nadella repeatedly


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Texas SBOE Requires Districts to Offer Two Computer Science Courses

This blog piece is reposted with permission from the TCEA Advocacy Network Blog. Please see http://tceaadvocacy.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/texas-sboe-requires-districts-to-offer-two-computer-science-courses/ for the original blog


From BLOG@CACM

Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter

Those Who Say Code Does Not Matter

Often, you will be told programming languages do not matter much. It is a pretty general rule that people arguing language does not matter are simply trying to justify their own choice of language.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Mind Maps to Support Exit Interviews

Using Mind Maps to Support Exit Interviews

We suggested this, but it was never widely utilized.  In Biggerplate.  A good case study of the idea. The question that always came up: Does the additional complexity add knowledge to the result?  Or is it just the equivalent


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Value of Social Data: Gnip Acquisition

On the Value of Social Data: Gnip Acquisition

In AdAge:  "  In Gnip Buy, Twitter Grabs Control of Key Data Middleman ...The Acquisition is Yet Another Indicator of the Value Corporations and Investors See in Social Data ... "   Data has value that is driven by analytical


From BLOG@CACM

The Danger of Requiring Computer Science in K-12 Schools

The Danger of Requiring Computer Science in K-12 Schools

We are not ready to make CS a requirement for all children in the U.S., even if that's where we want to be one day.


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Singapore Innovation Center

P&G Singapore Innovation Center

More on P&G's Singapore innovation center.  Including lots of images and descriptions of what goes on there.  Nicely done piece from P&G itself.  " ... Get a First Look at Our New Innovation Center in Singapore ... New high-tech


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Loom, Robots, Innovation and Jobs

The Loom, Robots, Innovation and Jobs

In the WaPo: The Loom and Innovation.  Anyone who has followed the history of computing knows the connection between the mechanical loom and computing in general.  This article takes the connection further.  " ... Will robots


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Digitizing Stores

Kroger Digitizing Stores

In Retailing TodayOn how Kroger is digitizing retail.  Retail is the ideal industry to make this happen.  It operates an internet of things that closely integrate with an internet of increasingly connected people.  Analytics


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Speaking Schedule: April–May

Schneier Speaking Schedule: April–May

Here's my upcoming speaking schedule for April and May: Stanford Law School on April 15. Brown University in Providence, RI -- two times -- on April 24. The Global Summit for Leaders in Information Technology in Washington, DC


From Schneier on Security

Schneier Talks and Interviews

Schneier Talks and Interviews

Here are three articles about me from the last month. Also these three A/V links....


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Languages Are Horrible

Programming Languages Are Horrible

A bunch of my students in my honors programming class made the same error yesterday. Remarkably today Bertrand Meyer had a post about the very same error in the CACM Blog (Go read it – it’s great - Those Who Say Code Does Not


From Schneier on Security

Auditing TrueCrypt

Auditing TrueCrypt

Recently, Matthew Green has been leading an independent project to audit TrueCrypt. Phase I, a source code audit by iSEC Partners, is complete. Next up is Phase II, formal cryptanalysis. Quick summary: I'm still using it....


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Dream Tunnel Sequence from a Research Colleague

A Dream Tunnel Sequence from a Research Colleague

A research colleague is published!   I will start it soon ...[Mark] " Lacy’s debut novel The Dreamtunnel Sequence is action-packed … Solid writing and a twisting plot …” – Kirkus ReviewsSee also his blog: http://markelacy.com


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science: ideals vs. reality

Science: ideals vs. reality

Fernando Pérez gave a talk at Pycon 2014 with a brilliant slide: The ideals reality of science: The pursuit of verifiable answers highly cited papers for your c.v. The validation of our results by reproduction convincing referees


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Contact Lens Camera

Google Contact Lens Camera

A fairly detailed analysis of a patent application by Google that embeds cameras in the human eye.  I recall seeing a number of proposals like this a decade plus ago.  The idea itself is almost as old as the contact lens.  


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Contributes To Big Data Review

As part of the Administration’s review of big data, privacy and the economy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in March.  The RFI sought comments on the public policy implications


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Methods Taking place of Cookies

New Methods Taking place of Cookies

In Adage: How Mobile-Tech Players Are Crumbling the Cookie. Microsoft, Google, Apple Look to Track Consumers on Phones, Devices .... " 


From Michael Nielsen

How the backpropagation algorithm works

How the backpropagation algorithm works

Chapter 2 of my free online book about “Neural Networks and Deep Learning” is now available. The chapter is an in-depth explanation of the backpropagation algorithm. Backpropagation is the workhorse of learning in neural networks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multilingual Promotion Apps

Multilingual Promotion Apps

Simple idea.  Useful statistics too. Quite appropriate: " ... Brands including General Mills and Clorox are targeting Hispanic consumers through the bilingual Veo mobile shopping app. The app engages consumers by using their


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuromarketing and Consumer Behavior

Neuromarketing and Consumer Behavior

Had not seen this site before.  Here it is looks at a number of neuromarketing tests and associated data.  Useful thoughts, in particular about the limitations of such work:" ... The claim that electroencephalograms (EEG) and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apps as Medical Devices

Apps as Medical Devices

Apps and their regulation:  Agree, this is a big deal.  " ... The potential of medical apps to improve care and lower costs is enormous. But if developers don’t know how these apps will be regulated, they’re going to spend their


From Computer Science Teachers Association

CSTA Board of Directors Election

The election for six open positions of the CSTA Board of Directors is underway. If you were a CSTA member as of April 1, you should have received an email with a personalized link to the online ballot. If you did not receive


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The financial value of open source software

The financial value of open source software

We all rely daily on free and open source software, whether we know it or not. The entire Internet is held together by open source software. The cheap router that powers you Wifi network at home uses the Linux kernel. Your android

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